How did your career in publishing shape or affect your novel?
I wrote LIVING PROOF before I worked in publishing, but I think it did affect my second novel, NO TIME TO DIE, by making me realize how fast a story must unfold to grab an editor's attention. You don't have pages to build up to the good stuff. You have to hook a busy, distracted person right away, then sustain that reader's interest throughout, especially in a thriller. So I've concentrated on speeding up my pacing, writing shorter chapters, and ending most chapters with some sort of twist or surprise.